Fire Situation Report – January 29, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/27/17 thru 01/29/17 

 NE Area – 

EC Area – Area Statistics Not Available at Time of Report

SE Area – 

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No New Activity

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No New Activity

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

 * Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information. Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ fifteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** from recorded on 01/27/17 thru 01/29/17

  • Increasing initial Attack Activity Noted.

Statewide Discussion: High to Very-High fire danger indices are expected today as warm, dry and breezy conditions continue across Oklahoma. Moisture recovery in the overnight hours was marginal in many locations setting the stage for fuel moisture to fall below 20% in many areas, especially across the western counties and Panhandle.

The highest fire danger today will be generally west of Highway 183 or the western 1/3 of Oklahoma. Temperatures 56°-66° and afternoon relative humidity values falling below 20% will result in very receptive fine fuels. Given the marginal moisture recovery in these area overnight, fuels will likely support active fire behavior early in the burning period with potential for problematic fire behavior for a brief period in the afternoon. Northwest winds will continue today and by early afternoon sustain at 15-20 mph with gusts of 25. Rates of fire spread in grass and brush fuel models will have potential to exhibit very rapid rates of fire spread especially when wind and topography are aligned.

While the highest fire danger is reserved for western Oklahoma, elevated fire danger is expected statewide today. A prolonged dry period has reset the intensification of building fire danger. Unseasonable warmth, moderate overnight moisture recovery, dry air and pprimarily clear skies will translate into dry and receptive fuels this afternoon across central and eastern Oklahoma. Fine-dead fuel moisture values of 6-8% this afternoon will support persistent fire behavior. Continued northwest winds 10-15 mph with some higher gusts will produce rapid rates of fire spread in unsheltered fuels.

Special Note to Firefighters: Fire weather has been approaching the upper end of forecasts on a daily basis. This is noteworthy to be aware of as the resultant fire behavior translation has also been on the upper end of fire behavior predictions. Expect rapid rates of fire spread and increasing resistance to control efforts as we approach two weeks separation from a wetting rain. We encourage you to review the 10 Standard Firefighting Orders understanding the the first three set the stage for establishing and maintaining situation awareness on the fireground:

  • Keep informed on fire weather conditions and forecasts.
  • Know what your fire is doing at all times.
  • Base all actions on current and expected behavior of the fire.

For more on the Basics of Wildland Firefighting and the 10 Standard Firefighting Orders refer to the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate Series at

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    Remember…  ONLY YOU can prevent wildfires!  Enjoy Oklahoma’s wildlands responsibly.  

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the

Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF